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Sucks getting old.  I'm 63 and developed arthritis in the thumb joints at the base of the thumb.  Advil seems to help.  Need to start icing too, i think.  Doesn't hurt during the swing.  But, putting a glove on and taking it off does cause pain.  Other ideas to help with arthritis pain?

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I have arthritis in my hands ever since I was in my 20s. Now my finger joints swell/stiff up after every round of golf (but absolutely no pain while playing). I find resting is the best medicine. I also have a finger massager (from Amazon) that I use at night. It looks like a clamp with small rollers. Good luck!

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42 minutes ago, txgolfer45 said:

Sucks getting old.  I'm 63 and developed arthritis in the thumb joints at the base of the thumb.  Advil seems to help.  Need to start icing too, i think.  Doesn't hurt during the swing.  But, putting a glove on and taking it off does cause pain.  Other ideas to help with arthritis pain?

I sometimes will squeeze a soft rubber ball to keep all my hand joints limber. Some folks might use that "silly putty" child's toy.

I know one guy I golf with who sqeezes a tennis ball. He has arthritis in both hands. He says it helps with the associated pain. 

I don't have arthritis (yet) but sometimes the tendons on my ring finger, on both hands will tighten up. Not really a cramping thing, they just won't bend. This happens more when using a heavy  hand tool, like a skilsaw, or hammer.. Not so much when I golf. That's why I squeeze the rubber ball. 

Obviously there are otc, and prescription drugs that can help with arthritic, and other aches, and pains that mess with one's golf game. 

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I've been taking Advil/ibuprofen.  I will talk to my Dr about other options as well.  I am in the gym 5 - 6 days a week.  Will start using that squeeze ball that is sitting on my desk at work too.

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I woke up today with arthritis pain in both thumbs.   After the morning work, the pain has subsided but hopefully it is a infrequent event!  I don't want to take any more med than absolutely necessary. 

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I understand the glove discomforts; as to keep all my fingers happy, I now use gloves on both hands. As well, I do not take the gloves off when I play. 

My choice of gloves took some experimenting..

I use the Zero Friction brand as they end up adjusting to my needs the best.  

I have also used Bionic.  Bionic was easier to put on as I used a size made for my hand.  One version they have is somewhat touted as good for hand problems.  They are really good and many courses have at least one version available

The Zero Friction come is one size fits all and adapts to the size of the hand; and, it tends to keep the fingers still.  It is, after it is on, feeling as if it is not there because it adjusts to me. They are not carried b some ranges/courses, but are available on line in many colors! Zero Friction, as a bonus to me, are more reasonable in cost.

I take aspirin before the round and after.  I use a ball to squeeze on days I don't play.

Best to you!

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On 7/22/2019 at 11:28 AM, txgolfer45 said:

I've been taking Advil/ibuprofen.  I will talk to my Dr about other options as well.  I am in the gym 5 - 6 days a week.  Will start using that squeeze ball that is sitting on my desk at work too.

GREAT ADVICE FROM EVERYONE! I have RA. My hands are kind of gnarly, with swollen joints, knots on joints, etc. I have had to go to a higher level of pain management. I see an ortho/hand specialist. INFREQUENT injections really help. Also a Rheumatologist. I take two meds to slow down the progression. One, Meloxicam, is a heavy duty Ibuprophen that really works.

Plus as @DrMJGsaid, two gloves. I have used the Bionic and then just regular gloves as the treatments began to work. Low impact exercises like aerobics in a pool are good.

FINALLY MY BEST ADVICE...Don't play around with osteo or rheumatoid arthritis if it is starting to affect your life.. It is progressive and can be crippling (esp in hands, knees, rotator cuffs). See a specialist if at all possible. I think doctors on the site will confirm this.

Sorry for the rant...I spent from October 2017 to May 2018 seeing doctors and in physical therapy with this stuff. (But I leave Tuesday for Michigan to attend my military unit reunion and will play 2 rounds of golf. YAY!)

Best, -Marv

 

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On 7/22/2019 at 11:33 AM, txgolfer45 said:

Sucks getting old.  I'm 63 and developed arthritis in the thumb joints at the base of the thumb.  Advil seems to help.  Need to start icing too, i think.  Doesn't hurt during the swing.  But, putting a glove on and taking it off does cause pain.  Other ideas to help with arthritis pain?

Have you tried not using a glove? I know that isn't the question you asked, but it was the only problem you were stating. I've never been a fan of gloves and I really don't see why they are needed at all. If you can swing all day without taking off/putting on a glove, then just skip it altogether I say.

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From old injuries I have osteoarthritis in my hands, neck and knees. I use half gloves on both hands and knee braces.  I do not remove the gloves or braces during golf. 

I am happy to get old as some of my friends never made it to retirement. Take care and enjoy. 

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